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Greenpeace action for an Arctic Sanctuary in front of the melting mouth of Austria's Goldbergkees glacier. The banner reads

Global support for a sanctuary to protect the Arctic

The Ecologist

4th September 2014

International polling today revealed strong public support for a formally protected area in the High Arctic for mammals and other marine life. The weakest support came from Japan, where opinion was evenly split over the industrialization of the Arctic. more...
CIAT cassava specialist Dr. Tin Maung Aye studies cassava crops in NE Thailand, affected by pest and disease outbreaks. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT) / Wikimedia Commons.

Farm pests' global advance threatens food security

2nd September 2014

Tim Radford

Agricultural pests - viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars - are spreading thanks to trade, travel and global warming, writes Tim Radford. The world faces a dire future of increased crop losses and growing insecurity. more...
Road map detail - Central Africa. Image: Bill Laurance.

A global plan for road expansion that doesn't cost the earth

Bill Laurance

28th August 2014

Roads are responsible for massive environmental damage around the world, writes Bill Laurance - yet they also bring huge benefits. His solution? A new atlas that shows where the 'goods' of roads outweigh the 'bads', so that developing countries can harness the prosperity new roads can bring, without the destruction. more...
A Fairbanks to Anchorage oil train on the Alaska Railroad. Photo: Renaud CHODKOWSKI via Flickr.

Keystone XL - who needs it? We got a railroad!

Justin Mikulka / DeSmogBlog

25th August 2014

Climate change and tar sands activists opposing Keystone XL need to wake up to a new reality - the pipeline has already been eclipsed by rail transport which is both cheaper and more flexible, writes Justin Mikulka. The expanded production and export of tar sands oil just got a whole lot more likely. more...
Birds and airplanes are a poor mix - but do we need to slaughter quite so many? Photo: Eugene Zemlyanskiy via Flickr.

Airports' global bird slaughter - 100,000s gassed, shot, poisoned

Rose Bridger

18th August 2014

Airports around the world are waging a war on birds, writes Rose Bridger. It's meant to prevent aircraft bird strikes. But in fact, fatal (for people) collisions are rare - and even killing thousands of birds does little to reduce the number of strikes. Best fly less, and keep airports away from birds! more...
Lake Nicaragua, ecological jewel of Central America, will never be the same if the canal project goes ahead. Photo: Helen ST via Flickr.

The Nicaragua Canal - a disaster in waiting?

Nathan Wood

15th August 2014

A second canal joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans is planned for Nicaragua, writes Nathan Wood. But the gigantic project is raising growing fears due to a grossly unfair contract, glaring failures of process, close links to the Chinese government, and its enormous - but uncosted - ecological impacts. more...
The people who care most about transport emissions are the ones most likely to be causing them - creating a problem for those seeking to regulate them. Photo: USAF.

Political taboos leave trail of rising transport emissions

Scott Cohen

24th August 2014

Transport emissions are a political hot potato - mobility is often associated with as 'freedom', while the most environmentally aware are also most addicted to high carbon emissions from travel, writes Scott Cohen. To cut transport emissions means tackling four big political taboos. more...
Stop the Killing - Safe Roads for People - a recent protest at the notoriously dangerous Elephant & Castle roundabout in South London. Photo: Andrew Reeves Hall via Stopthekilling.

The National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence

Donnachadh McCarthy

29th July 2014

A major demonstration will take place in November to demand an end to the killing on Britain's roads, both direct and indirect, writes Donnachadh McCarthy. And now is the time to sign up, get involved, and build up the momentum for desperately needed change. more...
It's all very well painting cycle lanes onto roads - but we must do far, far more than that to make cycling a safe and pleasant transport option. Photo: Cian Ginty via Flickr.

To keep cyclists safe will need deep, radical change

Ian Walker

19th July 2014

The Commons Transport Committee has advised Government to budget £10 per head to create a safe cycling environment, writes Ian Walker. But that's grossly underestimating the challenge ahead - a major rethink of planning, health and transport policies is needed. more...
A Jarawa woman and boy by the side of the Andaman Trunk Road. Photo: © Salomé / Survival.

Andaman tribe threatened by illegal 'human safari' road upgrade

The Ecologist

15th July 2014

An illegal road on India's Andaman Islands has already opened up a 55,000 year old tribe to disease, sexual abuse and the theft of their resources. But instead of closing the road, local politicians are upgrading it with two new bridges. more...
Could high speed railways transform the economy of England's ailing North? Photo: trains at Manchester Piccadilly station by Roger Marks.

Put high speed rail where it can really help - in the North of England

Ian Wray

30th June 2014

High speed railways connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Huddersfield and Sheffield could transform the economy of the north of England, writes Ian Wray - creating a new mega-city that could challenge London's over-dominance. more...
Fuleco has inspired millions of plastic  armadillos, but the animals themselves have received scant benefit. Photo: Tânia Rêgo / ABr, CC BY-SA.

Brazil and FIFA have failed to protect their World Cup mascot

Robert Young

12th July 2014

The choice of the armadillo as World Cup mascot could have led to great conservation gains in Brazil, writes Robert Young. Results so far are deeply disappointing - but it's not too late for FIFA and Brazil to create a natural endowment to be proud of for decades to come. more...

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Improving public transport is one of the key measures that could cut GHG emissions, increase 'gross world product' by $2.6 trillion and save a million lives. Photo: Mumbai bus by Patrik M. Loeff via Flickr.

World Bank: tackle global warming and add $2 trillion to global economy, save a million lives

Chris Rose

30th June 2014

Tackling global warming with better public transport, increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean cookstoves, better waste management could increase global GDP by $2.6 trillion. The alternative is growing risk from harshening climates ... more...
The Arctic Red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, is causing ecological havoc as it devours its way down Norway's coast. It can reach a leg-span of 1.8m. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Wikimedia Commons.

The Arctic shipping boom - a bonanza for invasive exotic species

Natasha Geiling / Smithsonian

27th June 2014

As the Arctic warms and its ice melts, growing numbers freight ships are reaping big savings from the 'Arctic short cut'. But this is creating a huge risk of invasive species spreading in ballast water and on hulls - disrupting both Arctic and temperate ecosystems. more...
Just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales (pictured), on common land high above Ebbw Vale, developers want to build a 3.5 mile motor racing complex. Photo: Ross Merritt via Flickr.

The upland commons of South Wales are no place for a motor sports complex

Kate Ashbrook

14th June 2014

Developers are determined to build a massive motor sports complex on common land above the South Wales valleys, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, writes Kate Ashbrook. But although they have planning permission, they can still be defeated ... more...
Tesla Model S electric cars at the company's 2014 AGM. Photo: Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia Commons.

Tesla's techno-cars - the right answer to the wrong question

Nicola Spurling

9th June 2014

There is more to sustainable transport than cutting emissions, writes Nicola Spurling - like reducing car dependence, cutting congestion, and reducing the need for travel. The Tesla Model S is a wonder of engineering, but does little to address the real challenges. more...
The road is up to 60 metres wide. Photo: Finer M, Pappalardo SE, Ferrarese F, De Marchi M (2014) / geoyasuni.org.

Ecuador: oil company has built 'secret' road deep into Yasuni National Park

David Hill

6th June 2014

Ecuador's state oil company PetroAmazonas has, in secret, built a road deep into the heart of the world-famous Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, writes David Hill - violating promises and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes. more...
It looks like the future - but which way does the wealth travel? High speed trains in Taiwan. Photo: Ben via Flickr.

HS2 - the wealth will 'suck out' to London, not 'trickle-down' to the North

Tony Payne

23rd May 2014

Supporters of HS2 assert that it will cause prosperity to trickle down from London to the entire North of England, writes Tony Payne. But economic theory and hard experience tell us that the reverse is more probable - that it will help London to 'suck out' northern wealth. more...
Brighton Beach, August 2013. Photo:  Beverley Goodwin via Flickr.

Brighton & Hove: the future is Green

Rob Shepherd

21st May 2014

Under its minority Green administration, Brighton & Hove is an exemplar of progressive politics that is realising huge social, economic and environmental gains, writes Rob Shepherd. Maybe that's why political opponents are so desperate to brand it a failure ... more...
A class of 33 school children reclaiming a street near their school. The same number of child cyclists and pedestrians were killed on the roads in 2012. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire.

We must make our streets fit for children

Melissa Henry

13th May 2014

Children are an indicator species for the health of our communities, writes Melissa Henry - and they are being forced off our streets by traffic. This adds further to traffic and pollution as children are driven everywhere, depriving them of exercise. It's time to break the vicious circle! more...
Bringing out the big guns for HS2, 21st November 2013. Too bad they're all wrong. Photo: BCC Birmingham News room via Flickr.com.

HS2 is a disastrous white elephant

Rupert Read

12th May 2014

HS2, the UK's £50bn+ high-speed rail project to speed travel between London and Birmingham - and eventually Manchester and beyond is colossal waste of money, writes Rupert Read. The resources should be used to fund sustainable local and regional transport schemes. more...
A fragile paradise: the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Sam Harris /  University of Denver via Fotopedia.

Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged

Maxine Newlands

6th May 2014

Australian environmentalists have launched a lawsuit against plans to expand a coal port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef, writes Maxine Newlands. The approval came in spite of warnings from UNESCO and marine scientists that the Reef is already 'in danger'. more...
'The Phoenix Flowers' by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Landscape Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership. Photo: Dave Morris Source: Contemporist.

Greening London's motorways

Marco Picardi

22nd May 2014

Elevated urban highways epitomise the dark side of vehicular mobility - polluting, visually brutal, noisy, and contributing to local 'heat islands', writes Marco Picardi. So let's re-engineer them for people and create imaginative urban spaces we can all enjoy! more...
Where this Renault Dauphine electric car led in 1975, hundreds of thousands are now following every year. Auto World Museum, Fulton, Missouri. Photo: JeromeG111 via Flickr.com.

Electric car numbers double in one year

The Ecologist

15th April 2014

There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. more...
In the queue. Photo: Diagram - Anders Granberg / Lars Lengquist.

Evian go home

Anders Granberg

22nd April 2014

Swedish artist duo Diagram escorts a glass of water back to its origin - from a convenience store in Stockholm back to a storm-drain in Evian les Bains, by Lake Geneva - and expose one of the many absurdities of modern life. more...

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